The Group’s social responsibility initiatives have evolved with the times. This section shows our major CSR milestones and their impacts to date.
Impacts of Key Initiatives
67.6 million badges
“Yellow Badge Donation” program (Since 1965)
Each year Sompo Japan donates Yellow Badges that come with traffic accident insurance to students entering their first grade of elementary school in Japan. Until April 2020, a total of 67.6 million students have received the badges.
6 million visitors
Sompo Museum of Art (Since 1976)
The museum, the only one in Asia where visitors can view Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers,” continues to permanently exhibit the work, as well as works by such masters as Gauguin, Cezanne and Seiji Togo. The museum attracted roughly six million visitors before being relocated to a newly constructed museum in the grounds of our headquarters building, and it reopened as the Sompo Museum of Art in 2020.
1.9 billion yen
Financial support for welfare Civil societies (Since 1977)
Sompo Welfare Foundation provides financial support for civil societies and other organizations engaged in social welfare activities. By the end of fiscal 2019, the foundation offered a total of 3,035 grants, which sum up to 1.9 billion yen.
200 million yen
Scholarship Funding for Long-term Care Workers in Training (Since 1992)
To promote the development of care workers, the Sompo Welfare Foundation provides scholarships for students in training to become long-term care workers. As of the end of fiscal 2019, the Foundation had paid a total of 200 million yen in funding for 288 students.
Public Seminars on the Environment (Since 1993)
As of the end of fiscal 2019, 22,964 people had participated in these environmental seminars, jointly held by the Japan Environmental Education Forum (JEEF), the Sompo Environment Foundation, and Sompo Japan.
20.5 billion yen
Sompo Japan Green Open (Eco fund) (Since 1999)
Sompo Asset Management’s “Sompo Japan Green Open” invests in environmentally friendly Japanese companies whose stocks are expected to be profitable. As of the end of April 2020, 20.5 billion yen were under management by the fund.
CSO Learning Scholarship Program (Since 2000)
As of the end of fiscal 2019, a total of 1,124 university undergraduate and graduate students had participated in this internship program organized by the Sompo Environment Foundation and were provided with work experience at environmental organizations.
60.7 million policies
Web-based automobile insurance policy (Since 2009)
An option for policyholders to access their policy via the web was introduced in order to increase customer convenience and reduce our environmental footprint. The option was also introduced for fire insurance policyholders from October 2015. More than 60.7 million customers have chosen web-based policies, forgoing the conventional paper-based format.
The Great East Japan Earthquake—continuous support for recovery (2011)
More than 3,000 employees were sent to the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake to facilitate prompt insurance payments. We are also providing continuous support through our core business and other activities to meet the evolving needs of disaster-hit areas.
Over 45,000 participants
SAVE JAPAN Project (Since 2011)
From 2011 to the end of March 2020, over 45,000 people participated in 850 events of the SAVE JAPAN Project, a community-based biodiversity conservation program implemented in all over Japan in collaboration with environmental and civil society groups.
Over 30,000 participants
Road safety project in Indonesia (Since 2014)
© YSTC/Save the Children in Indonesia
Sompo Japan and PT Sompo Insurance Indonesia are working together with Save the Children Japan, an international civil society that promotes children’s rights, to implement a traffic safety project for elementary and junior high school students in Indonesia, which has the largest number of child deaths due to traffic accidents in Southeast Asia. We completed the project in Bandung, West Java, and in 2018, started a 4-year road safety project in Special Capital Territory of Jakarta.
Over 54,000 participants
Bosai JAPAN-DA Project (Since 2014)
We have teamed up with the Yumemi Trunk Puppet Theater Troupe and the NPO Plus Arts to offer puppet shows and experience-based workshops to teach children – society’s future leaders – and their parents how to protect themselves and others in emergency situations. As of the end of March 2020, more than 54,000 people had participated in a total of 355 events nationwide.
Caravan-Mate Training for Dementia Supporters (Since 2016)
Our Group provides internal Caravan-Mates training to effectively train dementia supporters who have appropriate knowledge of the disease, and watch out for and support patients and their families. Once trained, Caravan-Mates go on to provide training for dementia supporters in various workplaces. Through this initiative, we strive to be more considerable when engaging with the elderly and those suffering from dementia.
As of the end of March 2020, the total number of dementia supporters and Caravan-Mates among Group employees and agency employees had reached 17,023.